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Austin Rankin and Eric Williams will star as “Little Michael” in MJ on Broadway

By meerna Jun25,2024
Austin Rankin and Eric Williams will star as “Little Michael” in MJ on Broadway

Broadway newcomers Austin Rankin and Eric Williams will join the MJ cast, taking turns playing the role of “Little Michael.” Austin, a native of Las Vegas, made his Broadway debut on Tuesday, June 18. Eric, from Georgia, will start performing on Tuesday, July 16.

They replace current cast members Max Chambers, who left the production on Sunday, June 16, and Jackson Hayes, who will leave the production on Sunday, July 14.

Directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon and written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, MJ is the winner of four 2022 Tony Awards, including Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Myles Frost) and Best Choreography (Wheeldon). The production currently stars Elijah Rhea Johnson as “MJ.”

Since beginning performances in December 2021, the Broadway production has been seen by over one million viewers and has broken box office records at the Neil Simon Theater 11 times. The North American Tour is currently in Boston, Massachusetts starring Roman Banks, and the West End production premiered on March 27 at London’s Prince Edward Theater starring Tony Award winner Myles Frost. The Tony Award-winning production will open in Hamburg, Germany in fall 2024 and in Sydney, Australia in 2025.


(Little Michael u/s Little Marlon) is from Las Vegas and is a devout Christian who worships God and loves his family/friends. Prior to his Broadway debut in Little Michael, Austin was a worship leader at Bondage Free Worship Center and a Broadway cast member in HOOD (Helping Others Open Doors). She thanks her parents, Anthony and Evelyn, for their unconditional love and support. @_sir.austin


(Little Michael u/s Little Marlon) is a precocious student at the Academy of Scholars in Decatur, Georgia. At just 8 years old, Eric starred in the Stepp Stewart Talent Camp Spotlight Program and in the play A Soulful Christmas. As you strive to achieve your goal of becoming a professional performer at every level, this is an amazing way to start your journey.

Photo credit: Emilio Madrid

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